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Master of Arts [M.A] (Economics)

 1 year
 full time
 on campus
 Course Based

Field of Study

Offered by     Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta

$ 5,459 

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Program Description

  • The University of Alberta offers an MA in Economics for a duration of 1 year.
  • It is an on-campus, course-based program offered on a full-time basis.
  • The program allows students to develop analytical and abstract skills and helps them to evaluate the costs and benefits associated with any action.
  • In a nutshell, economists are concerned with the conditions that contribute to a society's well-being. 
  • The Department of Economics offers various programs such as:
    • Masters in Economics (Course-based, 1year)
    • Masters in Economics and Finance (Course-based, 2 years)
    • PhD in Economics (Thesis based, 4 years)
  • This program provides students with the theoretical and applied skills needed to enter the workforce or continue in a PhD program.
  • For graduate economics courses that require the use of a computer, students are provided with access to the department's computer room which houses several personal computers and a printer. 
  • The University of Alberta is the home to approximately 23 full-time faculty members and the student-faculty ratio of Economics program is 21:1.
  • The research and teaching activities cover a broad spectrum of topics including Resource and Environmental Economics, Public Finance, International Economics, Law and Economics, etc.
  • In this University, students get the CAPS facility which is a university student service and the source for career and employment information and expertise.
  • The department of Economics aims to create and disseminate economics knowledge for the benefit of society, and to be an internationally recognized center of quality research, teaching, and public service.
  • The department also offers Math Refresher courses for graduate students for 2 weeks each August. 
  • The University of Alberta helps students in finding jobs in a variety of public and private sector organizations including the provincial and federal governments, the Competition Bureau of Canada, ATB Financial.
  • Job opportunities after MA Economics are Economist, Financial risk analyst, Data analyst, etc and the average salary goes up to 45,825 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Master
Duration1 year
Fees$ 6,335 for 1 year
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Spring (Deadline - Jul 01)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
Offered by Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree in economics or related field from a recognized institution.
  • The related fields include a UG degree in Mathematics, Social Science, Statistics, Economics.
  • An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems based on the most recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required.
  • The undergraduate degree should include advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics. 
  • Students must complete course work in calculus and statistics at the introductory level.

Indian Student Eligibility:

Indian students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Completed a 4-year UG degree with first-class (60% marks) in a relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 (B Grade) which is equal to 7.0/10 to 7.4/10 CGPA or 70% in the recent 2-year of full-time study.

Submission of GRE scores is important for this program and it is recommended to submit the GRE scores of minimum 300 for a better chance of admission.

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

Required Document List

Following are the required documents:

  • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work and/or volunteer experience.
  • Official Transcript: Submit copies of an official transcript from post-secondary institutions attended in PDF format.
  • Official Degree Certificate: It provides proof of degree completion and must be an original copy issued by the institution with an official stamp or seal.
  • Three Letters of Reference: The online application system will notify the references and allow the student to upload their letters. Letters can be academic or business references.
  • Personal Statement: This is a short statement (approximately one page) that details why the applicant is pursuing graduate studies with this department, their research interests, and why they would be a suitable candidate.
  • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL or other test scores.

Application Deadline

Jul 01

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Nov 01

Scores Required

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1
Tuition fees$5459
Health and wellness$420
Other fees$456
Total fees$6335

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Housing$ 10,800
Food$ 2,700


Times Higher Education 2020

Ranked #93/ 501

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Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
UAlberta Master's Entrance Scholarship Variable Yes 07 Apr, 2020
Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) $8,312 Yes N/A
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Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
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Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
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(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship $20,000 Yes N/A
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
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VISA & Work Study


  • There is no particular visa type to study in Canada but require a Student Visa.
  • International applicants who are applying for a Student Visa are required to have TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for entry in Canada.
  • Following are the required documents for Students visa applications:
    • Application for Study Permit
    • Letter of acceptance
    • Proof of financial support
    • Passport photos
    • an Entry Visa to enter the country
    • Visa to study or work in the country
    • Resident Permit or registration after arrival in the host country

Work Study

Students from the University of Alberta can work both on-campus and off-campus.

On-Campus: Students can work on-campus. The jobs available for students are UAlberta offices like interns, assistants, receptionists, and Stores and restaurants, UAlberta bookstores, UAlberta libraries, Coffeeshops.  Students can work a number of hours per week on-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Off-Campus: Students can also work off-campus. The jobs available for students are companies in their field of studies, Banks, Restaurants, and Stores. Students can work a number of hours per week off-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Career and Placement after Course

Graduates of this program may find employment opportunities in sectors such as:

  • Economist
  • Financial risk analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Accountant
  • Economic researcher
  • Financial consultant
  • Investment analyst

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